Negotiating and mediating 
Problem-solving Advice

Draw on a unique combination of mediation insight, international diplomatic experience and negotiating acumen. Reframe problems using professional mediation technique, then tackle them with skill and subtlety. Focus on practical, creative solutions. Look hard at the cost of losing – and the cost of winning

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Public speaking and presenting 
Presenter Coach Speechwriter

Giving speeches, writing speeches, delivering a PowerPoint talk, organising events, drafting press releases and working up media strategies. They are all one basic life-skill: conveying messages in a way that is memorable and convincing. You do this by combining structure with stories and signposts

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MH17: Dealing with Putin – Apocalypse Now?

My latest piece at Telegraph Blogs on the MH17 disaster and who knows what has picked up a lot of attention, including in Australia: The cause of the attack on the plane will have been known immediately to the Russian side. Missiles capable of hitting aircraft at that altitude cannot […]

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Teachers! Solve the Mobile Phone Problem

Here is my latest piece at PunditWire, describing how I dealt with pesky young professionals not paying full attention during my Drafting Skills class last week in Warsaw. The main feature of this one is, of course, the superlative extract from the famous account of how Bertie Wooster is stuck […]

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World War Three (again)

Long time no blog. Too much work that (unlike writing here) pays something, including mulling over my first book on the general theme of diplomatic speechwriting. Then there’s been the World Cup. I currently am busy preparing for several masterclasses in Poland later this month, on Diplomatic Drafting and (now) […]

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Diplomacy and ex-Diplomacy: What the Critics Say

One of the features of my former site was the revolving set of comments from happy or disgruntled readers and others. That has gone (“no clutter!”). But some of them were wonderful in unexpected ways, and most of the ones that were less than wonderful were at least noteworthy. So, […]

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Debating Russia and Ukraine

Here is the link to my latest foray with Voice of Russia. I was on the programme for a panel discussion with Sarah Lain (RUSI), Martin McCauley (SOAS) in London, and Simon Fentham-Fletcher of RenAsset Management (via feed from Moscow). The discussion is hosted by Peter Lavelle, an American based in […]

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